Syrian government forces overran rebels in a town northeast of Damascus on Thursday, strengthening President Bashar al-Assad’s grip on territory around the capital.

The town – Adra al-Omalia – is about 30 km (19 miles) from central Damascus but far from parts of Syria where the United States has launched air strikes against Islamic State militants.

Syrian state TV said the armed forces had “imposed their control over the city of Adra al-Omalia and eliminated a number of terrorists.” Troops were combing the area and clearing out explosives planted by militants, it added. […]